ADBI’s Seminar Series brings eminent people to ADBI to encourage debate among policy makers, researchers, academics, think tanks, and other audiences interested in economic development challenges in Asia and the Pacific.


Amelia U. Santos-Paulino is economic affairs officer in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, she was research fellow in the United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in Helsinki, research fellow at the University of Sussex’s Institute of Development Studies, and economist at the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic. Santos-Paulino has also been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Davis, and visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Her work has been published in journals including the Economic Journal, Cambridge Journal of Economics, and World Development. She has also edited volumes with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and the United Nations University Press. Amelia U. Santos-Paulino holds PhD and MA degrees in economics from the University of Kent.


This lecture will present early-stage research on how trade integration has impacted growth and inequality levels in ASEAN's less developed countries. The role of the People’s Republic of China is also assessed.


High-level officials from the following 10 CAREC member states: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, People’s Republic of China, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan; 20 participants.

Participant responsibilities

Policy makers, academics, researchers, and the general public; approximately 20 participants.


The presentation shows that trade agreements have long been used as development tools.



Time of event

12:00 - 13:00

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